Shadow’s Edge is an Urban Fantasy set in a world, similar to our own, where the paranormal/magical community is known only to a select few humans.
The paranormal community is known as the Kyn and consists of four main groups; the fey, shifters, witches, and demons. The various species of Kyn interbreed but each individual falls under the rule of only one of the four houses.
The entire community polices itself and is monitored/maintained by a large organization front called Taliesin, where the MC is a member of the elite Wraiths. The Wraiths are a group of less than a dozen assassins, detectives, trouble shooters, etc. They are a myth in the Kyn community and the few humans who are aware of the presence of Kyn, know nothing of them at all.
Okay…that is the back story, now for my thoughts. Shadow’s Edge is the first book in the Kyn Kronicles and though I’ve not read any further into the series, if they continue along the same vein as Shadow’s Edge, it is bound to be a strong series, with dark characters in emotionally edgy and often highly violent struggles.
The MC is a survivor, with a horrific past, and rivals Kate Daniels (from Illona Andrews, Kate Daniels Novels) for being the most dangerous, bad-assiest (yep…assiest), female MC I’ve ever read. Unlike Kate Daniels, however, the MC (Raine) does not seem to have a light side at all. She is buried in black angst, rage, depression, and violence. However, the author alludes to deeper emotions and needs, she also sets the stage for a couple of potential love interests in future books. This leads me to believe that the series will focus on the MC growing into a more humanized version of the super bad-ass chick, which would be a good thing.
The story and plot-line are very well-written and engaging, although I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would’ve liked. This could be the case because of the overall level of angst and violence, with only the minimal presence of human emotion other than frustration, anger, lust, and depression. This may not be an issue in future books of this series, assuming character development progresses as I mentioned earlier. I am anxious to read the next book and see is my suspicions are validated…I am also curious about the two male characters that have been set up for deeper involvement in future books. 🙂
I definitely recommend this book to those who love Urban Fantasy and bad-ass heroines…you will not be disappointed.